SDSU Wins Its Ninth in a Row
SAN DIEGO – No heartbreaker this time.
The UNM women’s basketball team repeatedly dribbled away the ball and with it any chance of an upset win Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.
Mountain West Conference-leading San Diego State scored 37 points off 20 Lobo turnovers en route to a 77-47 victory.
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New Mexico was unable to handle the Aztecs’ superior quickness, depth and red-hot shooting. SDSU shot 52 percent from the field, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
UNM hit 37 percent of its 43 shots but got 17 fewer attempts thanks mostly to 15 Aztec steals.
It was the ninth straight win for the Aztecs (13-4, 3-0 MWC) and the third consecutive loss for the Lobos (6-11, 0-3), who were hoping to bounce back from a frustrating 52-50 loss to Wyoming. Instead UNM was overwhelmed midway through the first half and never recovered.
“San Diego State’s got the whole package,” Lobo coach Yvonne Sanchez said in a phone interview. “They’re good inside and out, very athletic, and they shot extremely well. We just couldn’t keep up.”
Courtney Clements, the MWC’s scoring leader, hit three 3-pointers on her way to 19 points. Malia Nahinu and Kiyana Stamps added 14 points apiece for San Diego State.
Caroline Durbin and Porche Torrance had 11 points apiece for the Lobos, who also got nine from Lauren Taylor and eight from Nikki Nelson.
SDSU led just 14-11 after a pair of Durbin free throws with 12:46 left in the first half. That’s when everything started slipping away from the visitors.
Back-to-back turnovers set up fast-break layups by Nahinu and Clements, starting a 15-5 Aztecs surge. Once it started, UNM could not stop the landslide. Scoring 23 points off turnovers, SDSU built a 20-point lead before Nelson’s 3-pointer trimmed it to 40-23 at halftime.
“We really handled their (full-court) press,” Sanchez said. “It was more in our half-court offense that we turned it over, and that led to a lot of easy baskets. You can’t give a team like that layups.”
— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal